Anchors like safety Harrison Smith and cornerback Xavier Rhodes make the entire secondary (and the defense overall) more solid. That said, the other spots haven’t solidified completely, even with high draft picks (Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander) on hand.
Terence Newman, Zimmer’s longest-standing disciple on the Vikings, is back, which says a lot about him and how much he means to the secondary. Captain Munnerlyn moved on in free agency. A lot of youngsters need to separate themselves to match the level of play of Smith and Rhodes.
The mistake Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith made when building the Falcons’ roster together was overlooking the defense to create an explosive offense.
The Falcons had the benefit of decent depth at most positions heading into this offseason. It freed them up to prioritize keeping key players who were set to hit free agency, like wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, a major contributor to Atlanta’s top-scoring offense last year, and tackle Ryan Schraeder, who has been a reliable fixture on the right side of the line.
The biggest question for the Falcons going into the season is how the departure of Kyle Shanahan will impact things. Shanahan was hired Cheap Bike Jerseys to be the San Francisco 49ers head coach after the Falcons lost the Super Bowl because he didn’t want to run the dang ball. Steve Sarkisian was hired to take his place.
Part of the reason the team went with Sarkisian to fill Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys the offensive coordinator role is because he can orchestrate essentially the same offense Atlanta ran last season, with some tweaks. There will probably be less emphasis on the fullback and more on the tight ends, but otherwise, the scheme should remain similar to the one the Falcons experienced so much success in last season.
The other element of the culture Quinn has brought to the Falcons carries over to the locker room.